Saturday, March 30, 2024

The HIGH PRIEST's burial


JESUS declared:

Matthew 5:17

King James Version

17 Think not that I am come 

to destroy the law, or the prophets: 

I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

We just finished writing "After JESUS died".

As we got to the verses, I became excited.

Several verses caught my attention.

For they spoke volumes.

About the love and care people had for JESUS.

Even after His death.

And how GOD's commands, and Bible prophecy were fulfilled.

What more for His "only begotten Son".

Here are the verses that caught my attention.

With supporting commentaries from my end.

JESUS' body had to be wrapped in clean "linen".

Matthew 27:59

King James Version

59 And when Joseph had taken the body,

he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,


JESUS is the "great high priest".

He must be clothed in the finest linen, as Joseph of Arimathea accomplished.

The use of linen was prescribed by GOD for the high priest's "holy garments".

GOD always commanded "purity", even in material for garments.

Leviticus 16:4

King James Version

4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, 

and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, 

and shall be girded with a linen girdle, 

and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: 

these are holy garments; 

therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, 

and so put them on.

Leviticus 16:32

King James Version

32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, 

and whom he shall consecrate to minister 

in the priest's office in his father's stead, 

shall make the atonement, 

and shall put on the linen clothes, 

even the holy garments:

Leviticus 19:19

King James Version

19 Ye shall keep my statutes. 

Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: 

thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: 

neither shall a garment 

mingled of linen and woollen 

come upon thee.

Deuteronomy 22:11

King James Version

11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts,

 as of woollen and linen together.

The tomb had to be "new".

Matthew 27:60

King James Version

60 And laid it in his own new tomb, 

which he had hewn out in the rock: 

and he rolled a great stone 

to the door of the sepulchre, 

and departed.


Why should the LORD deserve less?

John 19:41

King James Version

41 Now in the place where he was crucified 

there was a garden; 

and in the garden a new sepulchre, 

wherein was never man yet laid.

The sepulchre had to be "hewn out in the rock".

Matthew 27:60

King James Version

60 And laid it in his own new tomb, 

which he had hewn out in the rock: 

and he rolled a great stone 

to the door of the sepulchre, 

and departed.


GOD was particular about not using "hewn stone", for this reason:

Exodus 20:25

King James Version

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, 

thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: 

for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, 

thou hast polluted it.

JESUS had to be buried before "sabbath day".

Luke 23:54

King James Version

54 And that day was the preparation, 

and the sabbath drew on.


Keeping the "sabbath day" was a command from GOD.

Exodus 20:8-11

King James Version

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day 

is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: 

in it thou shalt not do any work, 

thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, 

thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, 

nor thy cattle, 

nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, 

the sea, and all that in them is, 

and rested the seventh day: 

wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, 

and hallowed it.

John 19:31

King James Version

31 The Jews therefore,

because it was the preparation, 

that the bodies should not remain upon the cross 

on the sabbath day, 

(for that sabbath day was an high day,) 

besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, 

and that they might be taken away.

The soldiers did not brake the LORD's legs.

John 19:33

King James Version

33 But when they came to Jesus, 

and saw that he was dead already, 

they brake not his legs:


It has been prophesied.

Psalm 34:20

King James Version

20 He keepeth all his bones: 

not one of them is broken.

John 19:36

King James Version

36 For these things were done, 

that the scripture should be fulfilled, 

A bone of him shall not be broken.

The LORD's side was "pierced".

John 19:34

King James Version

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear 

pierced his side, 

and forthwith came there out blood 

and water.


It has been prophesied.

Zechariah 12:10

King James Version

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, 

and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 

the spirit of grace and of supplications: 

and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, 

and they shall mourn for him, 

as one mourneth for his only son, 

and shall be in bitterness for him, 

as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

John 19:37

King James Version

37 And again another scripture saith, 

They shall look on him whom they pierced.

All that I know now, I learned from SPIRIT.

He guides me each day.

There's actually so much to learn, which I look forward to.

To help me understand the NEW Testament, He made me look into the OLD Testament.

The reverse is also true.

Now, it's time to look into what happened when JESUS was resurrected.

Click here for that post.

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After JESUS died

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